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Raisa posted on 09 April

Kolkata is all set to bring in the new year and your tummies should be ready too. We have curated a list of the Poila Boisakh spreads, from traditional to the offbeat.

Paranthe Wali Galli

Bring in the paranthas for the prothom day of the new year. Not just the regular stuff, this eatery is pulling out all stops to bring in the new year with a bang with inventive paranthas like Hasher Dimer Parantha, Sore Maanch Parantha and even a Paanch Phoron {who can say no to some good ‘ol paanch phoron?} Chicken parantha. The menu starts at just INR 119 so head here for a pocket-friendly Poila Boishakh.

 

 

Casual Dining

P-119, Sartaj Basar Road, Lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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Salt

Kolkata has a Bohri cuisine restaurant run by four women {#GirlPower} and they’re serving up authentic traditional dishes eaten by the Bohri community. If you’re heading there with the whole fam, try the Bohri Thaal. Like a traditional Bohri family, eat your meal huddled around the same lavish spread which has all the flavours. The owners like to call it The Thaal of Togetherness and we can’t thinkof a better way to start the year. For a family-like meal feel {which is light on your stomach and on your wallet}, step out of your comfort zone this New Year and try a new experience. Read more about it here.

Casual Dining

Salt

P-495/1, Keyatala Road, Near Nazrul Manch, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

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Iti Aunty’s Home-Cooked Meals

Too lazy to cook a full on Bengali feast yourself but want a the whole spread to bring in the New Year? You need to book a home-cooked meal at Iti Aunty’s {as she is fondly called} home. She cooks up a storm – everything is made fresh and from scarcth with ingredients sourced locally. She proudly tells us that some of her signature dishes are her prawn malai curry, shorshe baata diye betki maach, and veggies with paanch phoron. For those who have a sweet tooth, be prepared to be amazed by her kamla lebur payesh. Book a date for great food and even better conversation. Read more about it here.

 

 

Sima’s Kitchen Secrets

Throwing a Shubho Noboborsho party at home but don’t want to spend the day bending over the stove? Order in a feast from Aunty Sima – she makes succulent kebabs, decadent chaap, and finger-licking {home-made from scratch} biryani. Beef, mutton, chicken – whichever protein you want, you can specify it to her and she’ll be happy to make it for you. Read more about her culinary wizardry here.

Bomti Iyengar’s

Who needs fancy hotels and impersonal restaurants when you can have a a traditional Bengali or Anglo-India meal at art collector and dealer Surajit Bomti Iyengar’s home. What makes it even more awesome? He lives in the iconic Metropolitan Building {and his balcony has jaw-dropping views!}. He’ll be happy to rustle up an authentic Bengali meal for you while you admire his art and vintage furniture. It’s a great experience to start the new year with. Get all the details here.

Fine Dining

Metropolitan Building, 140, SN Banerjee Road, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata

The Salt House

The Salt House is celebrating its first Poila Boishakh with fun twists on classic Bengali dishes. We are all set to try the Chaana’r Steak, Chingri Agnolotti with Baby Laal & Kolmi Spinach and more. Save some space for dessert {their desserts are not just very pretty but they taste mind blowing as well}. The so-Kolkata Malpoa Funnel Cakes and Lebu Cheesecake already have us drooling. Ditch your laal paar for a summery dress and head to Salt House for a hatke start to the new year. The special menu is available from April 6 – 15.

 

 

Casual Dining

40, 6th Floor, Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road, Elgin, Kolkata

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The Bengali Brigade

Want to go take the safe route and stick to some traditional popular restaurants? Here are our top pick of Bengali food joints you can never go wrong with: 6 Ballygunge Place, Koshe Kosha, Saptapadi, Bohemian, Kasturi and Bhojohori Manna.

Casual Dining

6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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The Westin

The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat is set to celebrate their 1st Poila Boisakh in full swing total Bangaliana style. This is the first Bengali New Year for The Westin and they will be going all out starting with alpona, flowers and Rabindra sangeet! The buffet will be a fusion of East and the West, combining the flavours of Opar Bangla {East Bengal, presently Bangladesh} and Epar Bangla {West Bengal}. Expect smoked hilsa, daab chingri, chitol maach, hilsa pulao, kakra jhol, tel koi, dhonepata boda, shukto and much more. If you love your maach and seafood, then this buffet will bowl you over with the range of fish dishes. Mix it up with ghee bhaat, gobindobhog pulao, radhabollobhi, luchi, koraishutir kochuri etc. Or go Mughlai with biryani, rezala, and chaap. Finish with Bangali mishtis and doi.

They will give a discount on reservations of 10 and above. If you want drinks on the side, they have two rounds of whisky-based cocktails priced at INR 499 alongside the buffet. For reservations, call 033 4037 1234.

Hotels

Plot CBD-2, Action Area 2, New Town, Kolkata

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The Orient’s

Bored of doing the same old thing on Poila Boishak? Head put to The Orient at City Centre 2. Their Poila Boishak special menu has a range of Asian food starting at INR 799 + taxes and includes 4 vegetarian and 8 non vegetarian options. From Balachun Kyaw {crispy shrimp served in an amazing chilly shallots and garlic fish sauce} and chicken satay served with a grilled pineapple and peanut sauce and crisp octopus, shrimp to mushroom ginger wontons and asparagus corn water chestnut chives.

Bars

The Orient

City Centre 2, Ground Floor, Chinar Park, Kolkata

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